For this International Women’s Day (March 8th), join us in making a public declaration – honour the grandmothers in your life and tell us how they motivate you! Write a story, email us a note, post a tweet, share a photo or create a video to tell us how you have been inspired by the African grandmothers, the Canadian Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, your grandmother, or a grandmother in your community.
Grandmothers in Africa and Canada have inspired us and continue to motivate us. The AIDS pandemic has left millions of children orphaned by AIDS. With compassion and fortitude, Africa’s grandmothers have stepped in to care for them. They have become the lynchpins of survival for their families and communities; they are advocates pushing for rights and protection; they run small businesses to support their families; and they are the invaluable home-based care workers who bring care and solace to people struggling with HIV and AIDS in their communities.
The Canadian Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign began in March 2006, in direct response to the emerging crisis faced by African grandmothers struggling to hold their families and communities together. What began with a handful of groups of committed Canadian grandmothers has grown into a dynamic social movement of thousands of women across the country – made up of Grandmothers and ‘Grand-others’, they are the embodiment of solidarity – raising awareness about and funds to support African grandmothers to turn the tide of AIDS in Africa.
For this years’ International Women’s Day send us your acclamations and reflections and together we will honour the many elder statewomen – African, Canadian or otherwise – who are so powerfully transforming lives, families and communities! In the lead-up to March 8th we will feature your submissions on the Foundation’s Blog. You can also share your reflections with us directly via Facebook or Twitter (use the hashtag #granspiration).
We’re going to spread the message far and wide – through our Blog, Facebook, Twitter, and creating Art that will be shared with Canadian and African grandmothers!
How do grandmothers inspire you? Tell us and tell THEM!
Email or regular mail:
Email your 200 word story to email@example.com or mail it to the address below. Content will be posted on the Foundation’s blog in the weeks prior to International Women’s Day and will be featured on March 8th. You are also welcome to submit photos and captions, as well as links to any videos you have filmed.
Stephen Lewis Foundation
260 Spadina Avenue, Suite 501
Toronto, ON M5T 2E4
Send a tweet to @stephenlewisfdn or tweet a photo of your grandmother,a link to a blog entry you have written or a video you have filmed. @stephenlewisfdn will retweet your messages in the weeks leading up to International Women’s Day and on March 8th. Remember to use the hashtag #granspiration.
Post your photos, videos and stories about how grandmothers inspire you on the wall of the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Facebook page.
Share your story through a 90 second video! Send us a link to your video and we will share it via our blog, Twitter and Facebook accounts. Or send the actual video file to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will post it on our YouTube Channel.